Global UGRAD Exchange Program for Nepali Students

2017-01-05 - 2017-02-02

International Scholarships

Scholarships to Study in USA

The GLOBAL Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Global UGRAD will provide one-semester scholarships to undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors of East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree, full-time study in the United States. Students will study at accredited two and four-year U.S. institutions of higher education, receive intensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

Global UGRAD participants will be enrolled full time in undergraduate course work at the host institution to allow ample opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and for exposure to U.S. academic and classroom culture. Host institutions will offer instruction on topics including academic research and writing, critical thinking, time management, note-taking, and studying for and taking tests. Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers or in homestays with American families.

  1. The Fulbright Commission in Nepal will nominate up to 5 Nepali students, for a possible 3 student awards, to undertake one-semester of undergraduate non-degree studies in the United States at a diverse network of accredited two- and four-year institutions.
  2. The grants are to fund studies in the US during the 2017-18 academic year for one semester.
  3. All applicants must: possess Nepali citizenship; have a high level of competence in speaking, reading and writing English (short-listed candidates will be called to take an English language proficiency test, which is administered free of cost by the Commission, soon after the application submission deadline); and be in excellent health (selected candidates may be required to undertake a medical test to see if they are fit to undertake further studies in the US).
  4. Only those students who are enrolled in first-, second- or third-year full-time Bachelor’s degree study at the time of application at a registered academic institution in Nepal and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  5. Applications will be accepted in any field, and participants will be required to take part in twenty hours of community service.
  6. Credits for academic courses taken in Nepal by the selected candidates will not be transferred to US institutions; nor should it be expected that credits earned in US educational institutions during the grant period will be transferred to Nepali educational institutions. Neither the administrating agencies in the US nor this Commission can make credit transfer arrangements for applicants.
  7. A complete application includes one original set consisting of:
    • completed online application form;
    • two essays: a fully-developed 450-550 words Personal Statement along with a 450-550 words Statement of Achievement
    • two recommendation letters;
    • a copy of the applicant’s citizenship document;
    • attested copies of all academic certificates and transcripts, SLC and beyond (attestations can be done by either the educational institutions that issued the documents, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, Fulbright Commission, Government of Nepal or a public notary);
    • one passport-size photo;
    • a copy of valid TOEFL score report (only if the candidate has already taken the test)
  8. The two letters of recommendation (mentioned above) should be written in the GLOBAL UGRAD Confidential Reference Letter form attached with the application. The letters attesting to your scholarly ability may be directly mailed, hand- delivered, or emailed as scanned documents (email address: [email protected]) by your referees to the following address:Fulbright Commission/USEF-Nepal
    Global UGRAD Application
    PO Box 380
    Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu
    NepalThe recommendation letters, if sent separately, must reach the Fulbright Commission by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017.
  9. All complete application set must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2017.
  10. Please check the notice board outside the Fulbright Commission (USEF/Nepal) office or the Commission website on Monday, February 6, 2017 to see if you have been called to take the English language proficiency test. The test will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The results of the English language test will not be published; they will be used, along with your application, to shortlist candidates for an interview by the selection committee. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the third week of February 2017; if you are called for an interview, you must be available during these times.
  11. The Commission will merely nominate candidates for the grants; the final selection is done in the U.S. A formal award of the grant is also dependent upon acceptance to a U.S. institution and eligibility for a visa to the U.S. As such, initial selection in Nepal does not guarantee a final placement and an award.
  12. If you have any questions, come to a Question and Answer session on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the Commission office in Gyaneshwor.
  13. The online application will open on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm. You can start the online application at